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Open Data Charter
Feb 6 · 3 min read
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Employment type: Part-time (up to 3 days a week)

Salary: $26,000 — $38,0000 USD, depending on experience and time commitment, 1-year contract with potential for extension

Reporting to: Executive Director

Location: Remote

Deadline to apply: 8 March 2020

The Open Data Charter is a collaboration of more than 100 governments and organisations working around a shared set of global principles for how to access, share, and use data. We do this to help solve some of the most pressing policy challenges of our time, create just societies and innovative economies. It has been successful influencing global data policies around the world, specifically shifting focus to purpose-driven publication of open data, which has resonated with many expert organisations and governments, as reported by the Financial Times.

What we need

Data rights and regulation are hugely topical right now. Data abuse scandals — sometimes linked to political campaigns — have triggered debate about how to protect people’s rights. Consumers and voters have never been more concerned about how data about them is used.

At the same time, civic space is closing around the world, with open government reforms under threat in many countries. With a radical shift in the political climate and increasing public awareness of well-founded privacy concerns, we must work to cement a culture of openness and to mitigate the risks we see.

ODC is currently reviewing its three-year strategy, positioning, and tactics in view of a shifting political and technological environment and is seeking part-time support from an experienced and action-oriented professional to help develop and implement our communications plan for 2020.

Key responsibilities

  • Help develop and deliver our advocacy and communications strategy
  • Create and articulate positioning and tactics to land arguments with key audiences
  • Identify and respond to themes and causes likely to have the most impact on our work
  • Develop key messaging, policy briefs, and storytelling materials that help advance our organisational strategy
  • Raise our profile and highlight the successes and impact of our work
  • Work with the wider ODC team and network to identify and address emerging issues that might impact our work
  • Collaborate closely with the Network Director to design effective communications campaigns and work up stories for outreach with media, government and other key audiences.
  • Identify opportunities to contribute to influential conversations and policy debates

Desirable qualities

  • Adept at working across policy, advocacy and communications, ideally with a journalistic background
  • First-class written and spoken communications skills
  • Demonstrable track record of successful strategy development and delivery within advocacy and communications programmes
  • Able to set and deliver on clear and challenging goals
  • Collaborative, honest, self-motivated and enjoys operating under pressure
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to build trust as a close advisor, while demonstrating good judgment
  • Experience in purpose-driven social impact work, including transparency, privacy, open data, or open government. Human rights experience would be advantageous
  • Experience of working in a decentralised and global organisation, or in a variety of global settings, would be desirable
  • First-class written and spoken communications skills in English. A second language would be desirable

To apply

To apply please send a CV of no more than two pages and a one-page cover letter in English to recruitment@opendatacharter.org by March 8, 2020.

Open Data Charter strives for equal opportunity in employment and believes that diversity and inclusion allow us to do meaningful work. We are looking for talented people from a diverse candidate pool and all qualified applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or any other classification protected by local, state, or national law.

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A collaboration between governments and experts working to open up data around a shared set of principles.

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